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Tea party on life support after brutal primary beatdown
The Washington Times ^ | May 21,2014 | S.A. Miller

Posted on 05/21/2014 7:07:06 AM PDT by Biggirl

Support for the tea party has dropped to an all-time low, said a new CBS News poll released Wednesday. Just 15 percent of Americans told the pollsters that they are supporters of the tea party movement today, which is less than half the level of support at its peak of 31 percent in November 2010 shortly after the midterm election when the movement fueled a landslide Republican win to take majority control of the House.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; kentucky; ky; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell
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1 posted on 05/21/2014 7:07:06 AM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

I dunno about this.

There is not a focused national tea party.

Yet.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 7:08:05 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Biggirl

still have a chance to RINO-hunt cochran on jun 3rd


3 posted on 05/21/2014 7:08:39 AM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson (An amateur built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic)
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To: Biggirl

I’m still a tea partier.

The fact that I don’t belong to any official tea party group doesn’t mean squat.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 7:09:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Biggirl

So a couple well entrenched establishment RINOs beat small time candidates by a few points in a primary and this spells the end end of the Tea party? They wish.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 7:10:55 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

If the Pubbies insist on p!ss!ing off their base, they deserve what they’ll get. Something about a dustbin....


6 posted on 05/21/2014 7:12:14 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Biggirl

Oh please... Tea Party is an Idea. And the Principles the Tea Party stands for are controlling the political narrative.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 7:13:42 AM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Biggirl
um, no...

When they INCUMBANT has to spend $millions to KEEP HIS SEAT and still lost 40% of the vote, it sends a clear message.

Don't tell me McDoofus was not sweating it out last night

8 posted on 05/21/2014 7:13:50 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Biggirl
By that logic, the GOP-E would have been on life-support after the primaries last week.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/21/2014 7:15:54 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Mr. K

Right. This seems to be another “let’s get in a preemptive strike, and cement our narrative in the minds of our readers” effort. Sad that it’s coming from teh Washington Times, though...


10 posted on 05/21/2014 7:16:31 AM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: Biggirl
"Support for the tea party has dropped to an all-time low, said a new CBS White House Infomedia News poll released Wednesday."
11 posted on 05/21/2014 7:16:32 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

It seems here in Georgia last night we didn’t fare so well. I can only chalk it up to Republican voter ignorance about RINOs and their desire to beat the Democrats in November. Republicans here came out in numbers nearly 2:1 over Democrats yesterday, yet is seems we are left with a field of choices that comprise mostly what I’d call RINOs.

It is disheartening.


12 posted on 05/21/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Mr. K

That is correct. When the establishment has to spend millions to defeat an unknown they have a serious problem. What this tells those that don’t like big government is that big government don’t like us.


13 posted on 05/21/2014 7:17:35 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Biggirl

14 posted on 05/21/2014 7:18:42 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Biggirl
The republican party is on life support. The leadership attacks those who put them in power. The republican party is about to do a Denver Broncos imitation.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

15 posted on 05/21/2014 7:19:33 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Gaffer

I believe strongly that the Tea Party needs to come out strongly for American jobs.

Now.

Talk about it constantly.

Rally people about the economy. We have sold out America for the entire last generation.

The Tea Party can run very, very successfully on firing up Americans about American jobs.

The dems aren’t doing it. The GOP isn’t doing it. Everyone is sending every American job they possibly can, out of America.

Be for American jobs Tea Party.

American jobs.


16 posted on 05/21/2014 7:19:59 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Biggirl
said a new CBS News poll

Well there's a reputable source.

17 posted on 05/21/2014 7:20:46 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: Mechanicos
Tea Party is an Idea.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 7:21:45 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

Or rather the GOPE.


19 posted on 05/21/2014 7:22:03 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

About 90% of the republicans in the congress supports the establishment.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 7:24:51 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Gaffer
It is disheartening.

Keep your chin up...it's a long march. The entrenched interests in DC are not going to give up their power until we rip it from their cold, dead hands.

People can talk about the "looming death of the Tea Party" all they want, but it's folks like you and me that are putting some steel in the spines of Boehner and McConnell.

Would there have been a Select Committee on Benghazi without the Tea Party?

21 posted on 05/21/2014 7:25:00 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I actually think part of the problem is that so many Tea Party, etc. groups seem to me to be in it for their founders’ promotion and enrichment.

I read an article here recently about the actual donation $ that get to a particular candidate. To a tee, all of the groups except “Club for Growth” seemed to have abnormally high expenses with little $ if any going to candidates.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 7:25:09 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Biggirl

McConnell may well lose to the RAT Grimes in November.


23 posted on 05/21/2014 7:26:31 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“I believe strongly that the Tea Party needs to come out strongly for American jobs. Now. Talk about it constantly. Rally people about the economy. We have sold out America for the entire last generation. The Tea Party can run very, very successfully on firing up Americans about American jobs. The dems aren’t doing it. The GOP isn’t doing it. Everyone is sending every American job they possibly can, out of America. Be for American jobs Tea Party. American jobs.”

Great point. You are correct.


24 posted on 05/21/2014 7:28:17 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Mr. K

um, no...
When they INCUMBANT has to spend $millions to KEEP HIS SEAT and still lost 40% of the vote, it sends a clear message.

Don’t tell me McDoofus was not sweating it out last night


So true, but that’s not the narrative the MSM wants to portray. They just want Tea Party RIP to be the accepted norm.


25 posted on 05/21/2014 7:30:19 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Terry Bowman would get my vote if I lived about 5 miles to the east.

Terry Bowman for Congress - Michigan's 12th Congressional District

Yes, he's a UAW member but he was also a big mover and shaker in favor of RTW in Michigan because he believes unions are driving jobs away.

Bowman Capitol Hill testimony against union political fundraising and misuse of funds
26 posted on 05/21/2014 7:30:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Biggirl

Obama helped the GOP kill the Tea Party so now they will give him the Immigration scam . Now we know what Valerie Jarrett and Boehner’s deal is all about


27 posted on 05/21/2014 7:31:08 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Mr. K
“When they INCUMBANT has to spend $millions to KEEP HIS SEAT and still lost 40% of the vote, it sends a clear message.”

You are right, Mr. K.

McConnell had to spend several times the amount of money Bevin had available, yet was only able to get about 60% of the vote. And this was despite the fact that McConnell has been in office for 30+ years, doling out taxpayer funded favors, and with 99% name recognition, while Bevin was unknown before the race and did not have access to the Chamber of Crony Capitalism money pits.

All in all, it is remarkable that any of the solid conservative/Tea Party candidates have won over the last 2 or 3 cycles. Each contest of conservative/Tea Party against Establishment is David vs. Goliath.

28 posted on 05/21/2014 7:33:30 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: UCANSEE2

That’s a great chart, can you get it out to conservative media?


29 posted on 05/21/2014 7:33:34 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: Biggirl
Certainly it is not easy to maintain momentum in a volunteer group, which spontaneously came together a few years ago. But there is no reason to despair. For 15% of the public to still identify with a group that challenges the unfortunate direction of the Federal Government, suggests real opportunity.

Hopefully, there will be a bit of a shakeout in leadership--not to run anyone off, but to allow those with the better aptitudes for waking others up, to come to the fore, and direct future efforts. Then, as in the past, the direction should be to increase the level of dedicated support for the Constitutional & economic heritage that we have been losing.

These temporary defeats should be taken as learning experiences; experiences, which faced in the right spirit, should teach how to run better campaigns--to do better jobs in explaining the important issues, and to more effectively respond to the false & fatuous arguments of those who would temporize, while America is being strangled.

William Flax

30 posted on 05/21/2014 7:38:45 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I am not for “American jobs”. I know what that term usually means - government control of business. Protectionism in its many forms is not the answer. Now if you were to say you were opposed to government regulations then that is a different story. That would have the side effect of providing more jobs on US soil.


31 posted on 05/21/2014 7:42:07 AM PDT by impimp
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To: Biggirl
Bullshiite.

More 'whistling past the graveyard' for the MSM.

32 posted on 05/21/2014 7:42:57 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Only Liberals can look at an amendment that says "shall not be infringed" and see blank parchment.)
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To: impimp

We will agree then to disagree, then.

I believe we are on the same page.

However the situation is going critical. America needs a whole lot more jobs, right away.

No more exporting American jobs. Bring them back. Bring back American jobs.


33 posted on 05/21/2014 7:44:12 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Biggirl

The wonderful, honest, loyal and true “tea partiers” were sadly unprepared for war from a government that does not resemble the one they learned about in school.

They are defeated.

The Tea Party is dead. Get ready for the Sons of Liberty.


34 posted on 05/21/2014 7:47:56 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

Translation: Revolt is coming.


35 posted on 05/21/2014 7:49:23 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

They only come back when US regulations go away.


36 posted on 05/21/2014 7:50:48 AM PDT by impimp
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To: Biggirl

For me, the tea parties were the convulsions of a dying Republic. You can’t put a convulsion on life support. And what of the dying Republic? Well, the convulsions are usually a sign that it’s too late.


37 posted on 05/21/2014 7:52:17 AM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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To: Mechanicos
tea party is an idea

Exactly. Those candidates who went for the "tea party" vote were given enough publicity and financing to be serious challengers. From there, it was up to them to not screw up and present a cohesive, convincing vision of what they see as the best future of the US. They lacked the instincts to move in on fast moving events such as federal over-reach at the Bundy ranch, the still absurd banking system that's destroying all but the elite financially, and to articulate how across the political spectrum the invasion of the US and cheap labor is costing US citizens jobs.

They can't whine. They know they have to be better and more convincing than the mainstream. The problem still is, I suspect, that these "tea party" candidates saw it as a path to get into office and then side with the RINO-globalist-corporate sponsors who are so generous to those who side with them.

38 posted on 05/21/2014 7:52:28 AM PDT by grania
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To: UCANSEE2
Good morning.

Got to bump the org chart. Kinda reminds me of the mafia.

5.56mm

39 posted on 05/21/2014 7:55:36 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Theophilus

In other words, a last ditch effort before things do get violent in order to win back freedom.


40 posted on 05/21/2014 7:56:13 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: impimp

I do not know, that I agree with your claim.

Just saying.

American companies need to consider then are American.

First.


41 posted on 05/21/2014 7:56:39 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Jim Noble

If there is another tea party in these parts, I’ll attend, I’m always up for another convulsion.


42 posted on 05/21/2014 7:56:54 AM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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To: patriotspride
McConnell didn't win it. Bevin lost it. There was the pro-Obamacare statement his company signed, there was showing up at the cock-fighing event, there was that he doesn't have a voting record (and we've been burned before), there's that he came from out of state not too long ago.

He didn't need more money than McConnell, he needed enough money and publicity to be a serious candidate. After that, it was up to hime to have the instincts and vision in fast-moving events. From a distance, I didn't see that, and I didn't hear any passionate disgust about the invasion of the US or that EVerify is not the law of the land.

43 posted on 05/21/2014 7:57:51 AM PDT by grania
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To: JRandomFreeper
By that logic, the GOP-E

I like that acronym.
GOP - Republican
GOPE - Republican establishment.

44 posted on 05/21/2014 7:58:31 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: Biggirl

all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed


45 posted on 05/21/2014 8:06:12 AM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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To: Theophilus

But like it or not, there comes a breaking point and my predictions may not be far off from the truth.


46 posted on 05/21/2014 8:10:14 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Theophilus
You can’t put a convulsion on life support.

The elections of 2014 could be the first cycle where Tea Party conservatives "Go Galt". It may not be that noticeable, as turnout will be low, but the GOPe will be killed in 2016 without the energy and votes of conservatives like you and me.

I've already heard how McConnell's back-tracking on his "kill the Tea party" comment, courtesy of Ann Coulter last night...she's been dead to me since her infatuation with Chris Christie.

47 posted on 05/21/2014 8:11:26 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: grania

At some point the movement needs to have a core of leadership. What we now call the “Tea Party” is a vague concept. There needs to be a real movement where candidates are vetted.

We should look to the UKIP in Britain for the blueprint of how to go about it. To try to hatch the movement within the GOP is just spinning the wheels without getting anywhere.

There simply must be a formal movement to transform politics as usual in this country. And it cannot be from within the GOP.


48 posted on 05/21/2014 8:13:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
It cannot be done within the GOP

I agree. Neither party can unravel the banker/elitist/globalist mess that's destroying all nations. In the US, both political parties are being kept occupied with social issues.

A smart candidate could build across-the-polical-spectrum for EVerify and US jobs for US citizens. Add to that an end to globalist over-reach, pointing out the countries that have been destoyed from the George 1 administration until now, the out-of-whack pro-elitist banking scheme, returning to state's rights, and there's a majority to be had.

Rand Paul, in spite of some very weird thoughts, might be positioned to do that.

49 posted on 05/21/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT by grania
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To: Gaffer

In November, conservatives need to vote for the democrat candidate in McConnells race. Same for Boehner. Its worth the sacrifice of 2 seats and would create an atmosphere of shock and awe.


50 posted on 05/21/2014 8:24:23 AM PDT by bigtoona
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